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July 2010 Survey Income

July 31st, 2010 at 06:42 pm

For the newbies: I am a family practice physician and do a lot of online (and occasionally phone or in-person) market research and survey programs. These are for physicians only, not available to the general public.

July was a banner month. In addition to all the usual stuff, I got the first payment for the new iPhone-based program I started doing in May. That brought my total survey income for the month to $808. I believe that is the most I have ever earned in one month when no in-person programs were involved (the pay a lot more). This was earned entirely online.

August will probably be a little lighter because I was on vacation for one week in July and missed out on several surveys since I didn't have internet access. We'll be vacationing in August, also, but I'll have internet access the whole time so hopefully I won't miss any survey opportunities.

10 Responses to “July 2010 Survey Income”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Excellent side income. It is all going to your new retirement account, right?

  2. disneysteve Says:

    It is going to a combination of additional savings and mortgage prepayment (which is just another form of savings).

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Excellent Steve!

  4. athenabyron75 Says:

    That's awesome.

  5. -Jerry- Says:

    How is the iPhone working out for you in your practice? Does it actually lead to helping with management and treatment issues, I wonder, or is it more of a gee-whiz-neato thing? I'm wondering because I'm a medical student working with an iTouch in clinic, and I don't know if there is any real significant advantage to the iPhone over what I have now...
    Jerry

  6. disneysteve Says:

    Jerry, I find myself using it fairly regularly to look up info on Medscape. I also use the Monthly Prescribing Reference app. Having a calculator comes in handy occasionally, too. And I periodically look something up online via Google. Obviously, I lived and worked just fine without it, but it is just one more convenience. Patients seem to like the fact that their doctor is on top of things tech-wise.

  7. -Jerry- Says:

    Thanks for the insights, Doc. I think that when the time comes it will lead me to pick up an iPhone for those reasons alone. In fact, my buddy is now an EM resident and he told me that his residency gave him one when he started his intern year. I guess there is some level of insurance that it will be of good use, then, if the residency is springing for it! Thanks again...
    Jerry

  8. -Jerry- Says:

    Thanks for the insights, Doc. I think that when the time comes it will lead me to pick up an iPhone for those reasons alone. In fact, my buddy is now an EM resident and he told me that his residency gave him one w

  9. disneysteve Says:

    Jerry, there are numerous medical iPhone apps, some free, some not. So far, I've only used the free apps but I sure wish I had the iPhone when I was a resident instead of wearing a lab coat weighed down by half a dozen different guide books and cheat sheets.

  10. -Jerry- Says:

    Ha! I can relate to that, and I am only in clinicals. The one small device in the chest pocket leaves the lower pockets free for snacks and other necessities. =) I need to get some more apps on my iTouch, because we are starting OB-GYN and I need a good reference text. Thanks again for your input! (And sorry for the double post above, BTW).
    Jerry

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